King falls in quarter-finals again, 55-50
Bankston twins led John Glenn to victory
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — For the second straight season, the Class A Girls State Championship has eluded Martin Luther King High School. After a spectacular regular season, a hard-earned post season of wins that included the PSL and Operation Friendship Championships and the state district and regional crowns, the state quarter-finals are once again a thorn in the side of the Lady Crusaders.
On March 12, King faced Westland John Glenn at the Class A quarter-finals at Western High School. However, the Rockets had an unusual combination that was a 1-2 punch at Mumford High last year: Raine and Raven Bankston, the twin sisters that gave the Mustangs the spark to their program. The Bankston twins led the Rockets to a 23-1 record going into the contest against King.
Their presence was a big spark.
Both Bankston sisters combined for 32 points (16 points each) as third-ranked John Glenn (24-1) shocked the previously unbeaten Lady Crusaders (24-1), 55-50. The Rockets also got 22 points from Sha’keya Graves, who scored 16 of her points in the third quarter. King was led by Marte Grays with 16 points; Antania Hayes scored 11 while LaQuita Hart chipped in with seven.
However, the early part of the game belonged to King as the Lady Crusaders led 9-7 after one period of play, 27-19 at the half and 46-44 after three quarters. The Rockets outscored the Lady Crusaders, 25-19, in the third period. But the fourth quarter doomed King as the Lady Crusaders managed only four points to John Glenn’s 11 points.
Last season, King managed the same scenario only to lose to Inkster in the quarter-finals at Detroit Mercy.